March 2, 2005
Working on an editorial piece for The Arizona Republic. It's on the Tucson Transportation Museum's grand unveiling on March 20. It's tentatively entitled— Blood On The Tracks: Do Vicious Killers Deserve Statues?
The short answer is yes. At least as it applies to legendary Old West icons Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday (whenever we run either of these icons on the cover of True West magazine, our sales go up 15-20%).
This just in from Pennsylvania:
We'd all love to see a shot of that fringe jacket on the web site or in the magazine, minus the hawaiian shirt. We're not all as liberated as you are ya know.
—Dave Valerio, Pittsburgh, PA
Allen Fossenkemper came out at 1:30 and took a bunch of my paintings and Bob McCubbin's photos and covers of the magazine out to the Fountain Hills Museum for a temporary show which will feature history and True West magazine. Allen believes the show has the potential to tour. We'll see.
Around noon I went over to Dave Daiss' house and shot about ten photos of him firing a shotgun into the ground. I am intrigued by what effects all those pellets and smoke make on impact. Dave's neighbors evidently are not. Took film up to Foothills Photo, but forgot to take a shot of Frank Stilwell writhing on the ground (from receiving said pellets in the breadbasket area). Asked John Brinkman's new assistant, Meghan, if she'd come out on the sidewalk and shoot off three or four shots of me contorting in pain on the sidewalk. She did. When we came in with the roll of film I quipped to John, who was talking to a customer, "You don't get this extra service at Walgreen's."
Had lunch with Carole at Tuscan Cafe ($13 cash, I bought, includes tip). Went over financials. The good news is, we have plenty of cash—as long as we don't spend any for the rest of the year.
Had a manager's meeting this morning and Trish told us that on the website right here, there is a 15% increase on hits over the same period last year and she feels things are moving in a very positive direction. Subscriptions, the latest issue and Original Huckleberry t-shirts (thanks Marcus) are best sellers.
"Who are you and how did you get in here?"
"I'm a locksmith. And, I'm a locksmith."
—Leslie Nielsen, Police Squad
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